Before I fell in love with Bobbi Brown there was a limited edition shimmer brick released called Peony.
Now I’ve lemmed Peony for a while in particular the lemming got strong when my good friend Iris was staying in New York and had gone to Woodbury and scored Peony for herself. I remember soon after her trip I headed up to the CCO but I think Iris might have purchased all the Peony for herself, you never know she’s as obssessed with makeup as I am and it’s a logical conclusion. I only ever seen the one compact she got but what’s she not telling us right? I bet she has a few of ‘em stocked in a makeup cabinet just waiting to be used! Dontcha Iris? Tell us!
Anyway. I had seen some pics of Peony and it was honestly the darkest most vibrant shade I’ve seen released in a shimmer brick. It was a deep pink rosy color that looked simply divine and the Muse had to have it for her very self.
Sadly, after much begging and pleading on MUA I was unable to get anyone to swap it away (damn people are always so hard to convince on MUA aren’t they? Why put it up for swap if you don’t want to part with the bloody thing!).
I soon after turned to E-bay but I suddenly grew a consious when it comes to cosmetics and I was counting my pennies and realized hells I don’t want to pay that much when I know the CCO had it for heaps and heaps less!
I pushed Peony to the furtherest corner of my mind and I tried hard not to begurdge my friend her lucky purchase (I’d never begrudge her anything as she’s a true darling but for the sake of my story I’ll add that in for drama purposes only hehe!).
About two weeks or more ago I wandered up to Woodbury and low and behold what I came across:
HA! Say it with me people…SCOREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
I ended up snatching up one of many Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks in Peony for the sweet price of $26.75 USD! w00t!
It’s all that I hoped for! It’s one of the better Shimmer Bricks I’ve come across and I’m very eager to try it out with a bronzing powder as I think it’ll give my bronzing powder an extra pop and sizzle of both shimmer and a beautiful flush of color!
It’s probably one of the few shimmer bricks you can wear on bare skin and still look fabulous. Very pigmented and with just the right amount of shimmer this is a solid gold find for the Muse!
I also picked up a Bobbi Brown blush in Apricot while I was there for $14 USD and it’s simply a stunning shade. I have a funny feeling this will be making a guest starring appearance on my next Beauty Addictions list!
Dontcha love scoring an awesome steal?
Count the Muse a happy girl on these purchases!
What was your latest haul that made you do a little jig?
What are your lemmings that you’re having a hard time finding?
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Clean makes some outstanding perfumes but the price tag is a tiny bit high. At $76 USD per a bottle it’s a hefty amount of cash to splurge on a fragrance. However, it is well worth the twice considering it’s a parfum you’re investing in.
Eau de Parfum consists of about 15% perfume concentrates which makes for a long wearing, lingering scent that sticks around all day with a quick spritz or two! So at $76 USD you’ll not only smell wonderful all day but you’ll also have the bottle a good long time.
For those of you that aren’t so willing to dish out that much for a perfume yet have always yearned to try Clean or replenish a bottle you might already own you can now do so at a nicer price tag!
Clean has introduced a really great gift set called Twice as Clean which includes a two, 1 oz Eau de Parfums in two of it’s popular fragrance options. You’ll get a 1 oz Clean Shower Fresh Eau de Parfum and a 1 oz Clean Warm Cotton Eau de Parfum all for $48 bucks!
This makes a truly luxurious gift for a loved one or let’s be honest here..just grab it for yourself right? You know you want it!
I own all of the Clean scents in the larger sizes however the bottles in the kit are fabulous for travel or as I mentioned it’s cheaper than purchasing two full size parfums. You can get two different scents for a much nicer price tag!
Clean Shower Fresh is a beautifully fresh, just stepped out of the shower fragrance that’s a complex blend to describe. Although the notes are a unique blend of fruits such as Mandarin, Lemon, and Orange I felt like it was more of a clean, sweet scent that just smelled sort of, for lack of a better word, sudsy and fresh!
Clean Warm Cotton is pretty much self explanatory. Think of sticking your fluffy towels in the dryer with some softener and you pretty much can imagine what Warm Cottom smells like. It’s that beautiful, light clean scent that your favorite sweater holds in the Winter! Perfection!
I haven’t personally seen the kit for retail as of yet but keep scouring HSN and Sephora and I’m positive it’ll pop up soon so you can be Twice as Clean at half the price!
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These are worthy of a mention. Behold, Victoria’s Secret New Beauty Rush line up entitled Tropical Coolers:
I’m not going to say these are amazing because they are sadly not. However, I was drawn in when I seen the display and scent selection. I found myself heading to the till to pay for three bottles while struggling to hold them all in my arms. I made it safely there and before I knew it I had shelled out $24 USD and tax.
I’ve tried Victoria’s Beauty Rush Body Double Mist before but as I said I was tempted by these new scents. If you’re unfamiliar with these they are simply a dual layer fragrance that mixes a fragranced water base with a fragranced oil base. This basically translates as you’re getting a moisturizing scented body spray!
They work fabulous on wet skin and it’s kinda the feeling of a dry oil spray that conditions, softens, and leaves behind a gorgeous scent.
Sadly, the thing that I dislike about these is the scent doesn’t linger nearly as long as I’d like. When you spray on the first time you get a super healthy amount of fragrance that smells both fresh and fruity however the staying powder is zero and within an hour you’ll need to retouch up sadly. This could be my body chemistry that sucks the scent right in but it does happen to my sister too so I’m not the only one experiencing the problem with these!
I’m quite upset at this because I do generally love the scents they put out and I’ve tried virtually all of ‘em but they don’t linger at all!
The three that sucked me in were from a new line entitled Tropical Coolers. It’s three new scents that are called Lotta Colada, Punchy, and Mango Madness! All three are super duper sweet and fruity and true to the name.
Shown below after being shaken. Once shaken the oil and water base combine to create a beautifully, conditioning body spray!
For the price you can’t really not avoid picking up one or two up to try out. They aren’t nearly so nice to tote around in your bag for touch ups since they are so big.
They really smell sincerely heavenly….now if we can convince Victoria’s Secret to make them a touch stronger we’d have a winner here!
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By any chance do you have a calendar that you’re using to mark off the days until Christmas? I do. But it’s not because I love Christmas, I do and all, but I’m actually using the calender to mark off the days until I can buy more Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel.
Hey, call me obsessive but I love Snow Fairy! That sweet candy smell, those luxurious foaming bubbles, the beautiful pink color…I’m all over it!
The Muse stocks up on bottles and bottles of Snow Fairy every Christmas since Lush Cosmetics only introduces it once a year (those cheeky people make us wait year round to get our greedy hands on it!).
Now I also happen to stock up on major bottles of Snow Fairy because you never can quite tell what Mark and his crew are up to at Lush and whether or not Snow Fairy will make it’s reappearance come Christmas! Just to be safe I stockpile Snow Fairy like nobody’s business and I patiently tick the days off on my calender until I know for sure it’ll be back with me again to celebrate the holidays!
The bad news is indeed that it only comes round once a year but let me tell you the good news…..come closer….closer….
It’s now in soap form.
Do you love me for telling you?
Lush recently introduced Godmother to it’s soap line in the UK and it’s now available here on this side of the pond so go, you, now and grab some at your local Lush!
The Godmother happens to look like Angel’s Delight soap but the Muse could care less since it smells of her beloved Snow Fairy she’s on top of it. I only have a slice of Godmother that my best mate Libby, who lives in London, sent my way so I don’t have an official photo of the soap for you! However, the Muse promises it’s glittery, pink, and all good things girlish!
If you simply adore Snow Fairy you must grab a chunk or too! Or you’ve never tried Snow Fairy know that the Muse gives it a might approval for purchase so go and grab some. I promise you won’t be sorry!
The Godmother is granting your wishes now at your local Lush Cosmetics or click on over and buy a slice or for $5.95 USD! Click!
P.S. Don’t blame me if you become addicted. Snow Fairy=Crack.
I’m a vintage rocker geek. I really adore vintage rock I also happen to love heavy metal, hair bands, etc…etc….
The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Iron Maiden, The Eagles, Triumph, Metallic, Sammy Hagar, Guns n’ Roses circa the 80′s, (seriously have you seen Axl Rose lately? Not pretty! Let’s remain in the 80′s shall we?), The Ramones, Led Zeppelin, just to name a few are all loaded up on my iPhone and iPod for my head banging pleasure.
I’m off to see The Eagles at Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center in Alantic City this weekend! Yay! I can barely wait.
Sadly, The Eagles aren’t what they were back in the 70′s:
I think they got old and stuff somehow. I wonder how the hell that happened! Hmmm…! They also happened to lose and gain a few members along the route but the sound is sorta kinda still the same although it’ll never truly be as wonderful as when the entire band was tripping out on acid but hey we can’t have it all right?
So why am I telling you all this anyway?
Because right now would be the perfect time to review the new bareMinerals Tutorial Kit entitled Rocker Eye!
What better time to sport a rocked out eye look then at The Eagles concert right?
Ok, before we get to the rave I must rant. Sorry that’s the order of business today!
I will go right ahead and rant at the price yet again (How many times have I gone on about the price jack on BE lately?) I cannot believe how high in price Bare Escentuals has gone lately. I truly like some of the items they put out but the prices have taken a considerable raise very quickly in the last year or so! Rocker Eye is particularly expensive at $38 USD….ok…ok…let’s go ahead and give this the benefit of the doubt and say hey we get two shadows, a liner, and a brush! Awesome! But guess what? Another rant coming on….! The size of the shadows and liner have reduced in a MAJOR way! I was SHOCKED! Simply shocked! Fall off my chair shocked when I seen the ridiculously small size of the eye shadows and liner within the box! I’ve purchased many kits similiar to this and always the size of the shadows and or liners included are 0.02oz in size. The size has been decreased to 0.28 grams! Basically it’s about the size of a pigment sample now or a quarter!
Is that surreal or what?
Just last year I purchased the Foiled Eye Kit for around $28 bucks I believe and it came with a brush plus three eye shadows that were 0.02oz. This year I’m purchasing almost an identical kit thats $10 bucks more plus has took a big hit in size! I can never get through an entire jar of Bare Escentuals eye shadow because they are such a wonderfully large size but I think I can honestly say that getting through the colors in the Rocker Eye kit shouldn’t be a problem they are so small!
Normal size eye shadows compared to the Rocker Eye Kit eye shadows
Ok..I guess enough of ranting. I do have some major raves!
After getting over my initial shock at the size and price I was actually happy I got this kit and I admit that I may even indulge in a back up of this if it is LE (not sure if it is or isn’t!). It has some wicked fine colors in it plus an amazing, I mean amazing brush!
Let me tell you more about the brush….
It’s good. It’s really good.
The brush is possibly one of the best ones BE has put out to date. Normally I’m on the fence about the brushes they put in kits but this is a fantastic piece of beauty tool awesome. It’s a dual ended brush with super soft, dense bristles that has a liner brush on one side and a dome shaped smudged on the other side. The brush is all you’ll need to create an outstanding smoked out shimmering rocking eye! Pure perfection says the Muse! It works like a charm blending in the colors, smudging them up, and lining! Props to the brush! Hint: the Muse suggests hopping on E-bay to see if anyone has taken the kit apart and is selling the brush separately! Well worth $10-$20 for the brush alone!
Second rave for the Muse is the outstanding, pigmented liner called Black Leather. It’s a really dark, true black color that lends pop and drama to your eye look! It has a very tiny, smidge of silver shimmer but it’s barely noticeable once on. I love lining with powder for some reason. It’s just easier to work with in my opinion! You can wet this or use it dry. I prefer lining with it dry as it works a treat and is easier to manage in my humblest! Great solid black color!
The two shadows included are 1980′s which is a silver grey shade and Rock Star which is this beautiful amazing off black shimmering silver cocktail! I already have a full size of 1980′s and honestly it’s a boring shade but paired with Rock Star and Black Leather…WOW…awesome!
Combining all three shades you’ll get a gorgeous smoked eye, shimmering eye look that’s both dramatic and elegant!
The packaging on this is great as well since it makes creating a unique eye look quite simple. Look kids no prior brain surgery training required! You don’t have to be a master makeup artist to follow the simple steps included in the fold out box! It’s easy as 1-2-3! Very idiot proof and perfect for those that struggle with a smokey eye look!
You simply apply 1980′s all over the lid up to the crease, follow with Black Leather liner on the lower and upper lash line, and finish it off with some Rock Star eye color that you smudge on the V of the eye or within the crease if you want a little bit more shimmer and drama! Simple! Done! Awesomeness awaits you!
I sincerely love the kit. Although the price and size of product included is a big boo I’m still going ahead and slapping the Muse Approval on this one! It’s worth checking out! It’s worth buying! Grab it, seriously! Good stuff and well worth the chunk of change! The Muse may need a back up of this bad boy!
Here’s an FOTD I did using the kit a few days ago!
Love this kit?
Any kits you use for a smokey eye that are awesome?
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